Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Putting on a Good Show: Taking Art to an Audience

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Putting on a Good Show: Taking Art to an Audience

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The Arts Management Handbook: New Directions for Students and Practitioners Editors: Meg Brindle and Constance DeVereaux

Edition: First

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

Pages: 368

Price: Pounds 78.50 and Pounds 40.50 ISBN 9780765617415 and 7422

The field of arts management has been developing rapidly, both in terms of establishing professionalism within arts management, and in the growth of many university-level arts management programmes. Meg Brindle and Constance DeVereaux's edited volume charts the development of arts management education and likens the early developments in the field to the origins and early evolution of the MBA. The editors note the importance of involving practitioners in arts management education and the reliance of arts management programmes on practitioner involvement. It is within this context that The Arts Management Handbook: New Directions for Students and Practitioners was produced.

A range of relevant chapters provides insight into key areas of arts management that are important for arts managers. Most of the contributors to the volume are practitioners, many with experience of teaching on arts management programmes. As such, the text offers a practical approach to arts management - each chapter opens with a case study that establishes the key challenges that exist in each of the substantive areas discussed. These are followed by practically focused discussions on how to deal with specific challenges that may confront arts managers. For this reason, the book should be of particular interest to new arts managers. …

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